Awarded emerging destinations are : Laoag and Dagupan (Region I), for their heritage sites, and beaches; La Trinidad Valley (CAR), for its magnificent strawberry fields, vegetable terraces and cut flower industry; Zambales (Region III), a multifaceted destination for beach holidays, Mango agri-tourism and sports adventure activities; San Juan, Batangas (Region IV-A) can easily boast endless beautiful beaches and stylized type of resorts; Marinduque (Region IV-B) with its world class resort and rich cultural traditions; Sorsogon of Bicol ( Region V) which is synonymous to eco-tourism activities like whale interaction and firefly tour.
In Visayas: Silay City (Region VI), for its preserved ancestral houses and rich culinary heritage and newly constructed world class airport; Danao in Bohol ( Region VII), the new eco-adventure mecca complemented by nearby white sand beaches and the nature’s wonders of the “Chocolate hills” and tarsier; The island destinations of Northern Samar ( Region VIII) with its pristine beach areas, rich flora and fauna and iconic natural land formation.
Down south : The Island Garden City of Samal (Region XI), for its paradise-like coves and beaches, eco-adventure sites and activities; Cagayan De Oro ( Region X), not only as gate way to the northern part of Mindanao but also caters to city based-adventure activities; Butuan City (Region XIII) of Caraga is historical mecca of the Philippines with good access to Agusan marshlands and surfing capital of Siargao; Sarangani (Region XII) can always pull a surprise with its beautiful coastlines, diverse cultural heritage and aqua tourism activities; Dapitan City (Region IX) of Zamboanga del Sur, holds one of the historical treasures of Dr Jose Rizal complemented by its rustic surroundings and thriving aqua culture industry.
The criteria used by DOT (Department of Tourism) and PHILTOA for choosing the Top Emerging Business Destinations are: good accessibility, communication network , availability of meeting facilities and standard accommodations. Corporate incentive tours and meeting packages will be promoted during the 21st Travel Mart which will happen on September 3 -5, 2010 at the SM Megatrade Halls.
“These places are perfect for corporate travelers and holidaymakers,” says Cesar Cruz, PHILTOA president. As such, these destinations will offer corporate incentive tours and meeting packages during the 21st Travel Mart which will happen on September 3 -5, 2010 at the SM Megatrade Halls. Corporate buyers are encouraged to attend the PTM to avail of great promos and deals to the top emerging business destinations in the Philippines today.
I am raring to attend the 21st Philippine Travel Mart myself because I heard that tour packages will be sold “ beyond the usual” discounted rates. Let’s check it out!:P